UK Covid: Turkey off red list as part of wide-ranging easing of travel rules – as it happened

The committee has called out confusing watchlists and quarantines; criticised the delay in reaping the benefit of the vaccine dividend and puzzled over the high costs and lack of sequencing of PCR tests. We note that using lateral flow tests may now incur a cost; it’s important that any alternative testing system is fairly priced and administered.

The need for caution is clear but with 80% of our country now vaccinated, UK travel needs a shot in the arm and this could be it. It’s a relief to see the government move on these issues and this announcement, timed ahead of October half-term, could have an immediate impact on the UK’s travel industry.

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